From education to entertainment, focus on new techniques and best practices to bring new worlds to life on a variety of platforms.

Game Development and Design

I am amazed at the diversity of those who attend Purdue. No two of us have the same dreams or goals, but Purdue has the capacity to address our needs. I appreciate the Purdue family for playing a part in bring us where we are today.
Jeffrey Dyer
Computer Technology '89

Whether you want to contribute to blockbuster AAA titles, study virtual reality, or use gaming to help with medical therapies, Purdue University’s game development and design major has a place for you. Purdue has been a leader in preparing students for careers in the games and animation industries. Alumni have worked for EA Games, Riot Games, and more.

Because our professors are interested in new ideas and uses for computer games, they will help you stretch your imagination throughout the program. You will take classes in video game design and development, animation, visualization, rendering and programming.

At Purdue, a gaming degree provides the STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) that’s in demand today. Your studies will include trigonometry, calculus, and physics. And because employers also desire graduates who are well rounded, our game studies program also includes courses in economics, psychology, and English.

The final result? You will be a career-ready graduate who knows how to prototype games and game systems and who can consider their impact on society.

Research projects open to undergraduate students have focused on the use of games for sustainable energy, therapy and medicine, entertainment, information visualization and more. See examples at www.gamesinnovation.org.

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What can I do?

Technical artist
Game Design Scripter
Cinematic Lead
Animation/Performance Tracker

Where can I go?

Zynga
Volition Inc.
Riot Games
Electronic Arts
I’m a very visual, hands-on person. The way Polytechnic gears its courses to be learn-by-doing is absolutely perfect. It’s where I need to be and fit in. Computer graphics technology specifically gives me the option to try several different areas, not too narrow, which helps me be well-rounded.
Jacob Leffler
Computer Graphics Technology

What to expect in Game Development and Design

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The Polytechnic learning environment

Our learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep knowledge, applied skills, and experiences in their chosen discipline, but also problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

About the school/department

The Department of Computer Graphics Technology touches all aspects of computer graphics, from animation to scientific visualization, and from user experience to game studies. Research projects on these topics push the boundaries of how the medium can be used, while the variety of degree options to prepare students to be practitioners and managers in an array of computer graphics-related careers.

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